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Olde Deuteronomy - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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90
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 51
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002)
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Reviews by Cwrw:
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage is here, this time clocking in at 9.9%. Same labelling, same botteling.

The first sensation I had after twising the cap was a distinctly sweeter profile than previous vintages. Pouring into the glass the beer assumes a light-ruby, mandarin colour, with little head. Yes, the aroma to me is definitely sweeter, more full of buttery almond and caramel notes. Plenty of hopping too, but it remains similar to other vintages.

The body hits the tongue full and creamy, with slightly tingling carbonation and a medium to high bitterness in the finish. Again, this 07 tastes sweeter, tastier. Full of cooking bread, strong resinous hopping, candy sugar, mollasses, bitter chocolate, raisins, roasted almond, and plenty of dried fruit, as well as some yeasty esters.

Mm. I'll say this--far above fresh 2005 or 2006s. Much preferable. To me, the 2007 has hit the mark, finally! After trying the 04-06s, I felt Olde Deut was good, but not quite "there" in terms of balance as a barley wine. Wait till you try the 07--something is distinctly "different" from previous years, and I love it.

Cwrw, Jul 22, 2007
More User Reviews:
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Pours quite thick into the snifter, thin lacing stays intact and the dark chestnut color is clear when put to the light. Caramel is the first suggestion in the aroma; soon after, comes a fig and marmalade sweetness and a spicy alcohol. Viscous mouth- feel, smooth carbonation ... saying it’s full bodied is an understatement. Maltiness is very thick and slowly unfolds as a hop bitterness slowly rakes across the palate, yet doesn’t seem to make much of a dent. Hints of madera wine, chocolate-cov- ered candied oranges, nougat, jasmine, caramel and plum pudding. The 11 percent is pretty mellow but very noticeable. Not too far from being epic, we bet some age might meld the flavors even more—but it’s absolutely delicious to drink now.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of niangelo
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, 2005 vintage. I just looked in the fridge, and it called my name...

I've been rubbing my hands over this one for a while. New to the practice of aging higher-alcohol beers, I was eager for a stab at it.

Pours a thick caramel-bronze. The carbonation hesistates before coming to the surface. This is a thick beer. The head is minimal, but it sticks in place due to the viscosity. The beer is cloudy and semi-transparent.

The head reveals some hops, a whiff of alcohol, a prominent malt that features some dates.

At first sip, I'm treated to a cascade of notes... first dates and plums, with some dark malt characteristic and caramel. Then as it warms up and the thick brew travels around, it transitions to black cherry and raisin notes. Finally, with a little sweetness and a little hoppiness, it finishes with a meandering rye bread and walnuts.

What a beer. Hats off to the Kats.

niangelo, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of chickenm
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Thanks wordemupg for this one! Pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin off-white head. Modest aroma of burnt caramel and molasses. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, raisins, and alcohol. Medium to full body, low carbonation, mouthfeel is a little syrupy and quite warming as well. This is a good, but not great barleywine from Alley Kat.

chickenm, Apr 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chilled bourbon snifter)

A- Dark auburn color that is slightly translucent at the neck of the snifter. A few bubbles at the top but no head to speak of.

S- A bit of roasted malt and some nice floral hops as well

T- Roasted malt with spicy hop bitterness. Grapefruit hop flavor mixed with a hint of alcohol warmth and sweet aftertaste finish the beer.

M- medium mouthfeel with a sweet warm finish

D- It tasted like a young ABW in the sense that the flavors were very separate but it didn't have the malt complexity to stand to much aging. I would like to taste it after a year or 18 months more on the cellar.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 version - it's been almost two and a half years, let's have a look-see. Same old cheap, malformed, thin gold foil enclosure, some shiny window dressing on their standard 12 oz brown bottle. This is another one of Alley Kat's line that hasn't had the generic label update of a few years back - I find myself missing these feline-themed works of art for some reason.

The beer pours a mostly clear, but with fine swirling sediment, medium orange-brick amber hue - a lot like poorly mixed iced tea - with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which wisps away fairly quickly, leaving a few random instances of sea-spray lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of rum-steeped raisins, lightly biscuity caramel, overripe apple and black fruit - plum, mostly - brown sugar, and a remote leafy, earthy hoppiness. The taste is warm, bready caramel, thin molasses, stewed prunes, a bit of tannic red grape must, and leafy, citrusy hops, which increase in intensity, along with the subdued alcohol, as it warms.

The carbonation is pretty tame, barely perceptible in its innocuousness, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe not as full as it could be, but smooth and sticky in its uber-maltiness. It finishes on a drying trend, the residual hops finally screwing up the courage to do something about it. The 9.9% ABV is indeed a constant reminder, maybe a wee bit too forward up front, but thereafter lurking in the background, consigned to the promise of being very close to breaking through.

I have made the mistake of including a couple of these bad boys when making a mixed sixer at the brewery. Later, at the campsite, or wherever, their added kick reminds me (usually the next morning, 'cause they taste so good, especially after dark) of their potency. So, while quite easy to drink - if you're accustomed to the style, that is - they are not something to be trifled with, because if you do, they'll knock you on your fat cat ass.

biboergosum, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with bit of cloudy lace. Moderately fruity rich grape yeast aroma and taste. Cream and spice.
A fine example of barleywine and like a fine wine, intense and thoughtful. Aftertaste bit astringent and alcohol burn. Praises to Irondjinn for the sample.

Then had a 2005 version young in June 2005 and liked just as much, so similar that I left the rating as is.

Sammy, May 18, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2010

pours a dark copper with ruby red. light creamy head. little to no retention.

quite rich with subtle caramel and sweet malt. slight dark fruit, with some even lighter leather.

a tad more abrasive and bold in flavor. darker fruit pops out a bit more. some citrus hop still making itself known. still that sweet malty flavor through out.

nice and chewy, with a mild to moderarte carbonation. slight burn in the back.

a very enjoyable barleywine, very american like indeed.

hooliganlife, Jan 18, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this beer on july 2nd 2011.

341ml bottle into Boston Lager perfect glass. 2009 vintage.

Thanks to Bobsy! I’ve been excited to try this since Mondial 2011.

Might be my first taste of Alberta. Very funny label. Looks just like my girlfriend’s cat.

A- Some sort of beautiful amber/caramel/cherrywood. Slight haze. Decent size kaki head. Looks good.

S- Caramel , candied apple. Touch of chocolate. Hint of cinnamon. Alcohol is beautiful in here. Eager to taste.

T-Such rich malt in here. Dark dried fruit. Alcohol is really warming. Reminds me of eating a cognac or liqueur stuffed chocolate. Hops are more herbal than woody. Tastes great.

M- Big body. Low carbonation. Moderatly dry and of course a bit of numbing from the alcohol. Very enjoyable.

O- Very, very good. Not sure what I’d change to make this better if I could.

Yoonisaykul, Aug 14, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear deep copper with a rich tan head that retained better than I expected
S - rich aromas of plumb, butterscotch, and a phenolic quality
T - a rich caramel maltiness with buttery popcorn, raisins, and alcohol sweetness, and a light resiny hop finish, very tasty
M - full bodied with a slighltly creamy start that remains sweet and dry throughout
D - very impressed by the combination of rich flavours and sweetness that work well with the alcohol, it warmed me like a red wine but kept me interested like a good brew, well done

joemcgrath27, Jan 29, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle is a 2005 version so it has had a short time to age.

Appearance – This one pours a nice looking cloudy brown with a slight redness to it. There very little beige head on top which dissipates to a ring.

Smell – Typical Barley Wine smells here and all in a good way. Lots of alcohol, wood, some rum, hops, caramel, and butter. I like it.

Taste – Mildly sweet with some alcohol on top. It’s very smooth. There is caramel and toffee as well with some bitter hops which are somewhat citrusy. It’s very tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel – This beer is fairly silky and viscous. Nice toned down carbonation.

Drinkability – Superb. I couldn’t stop sipping.

Olde Deut is always a good choice. A very solid Barley Wine which I look forward to aging!

Orrshow, Sep 11, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather hazy orange-brown, with a good-sized medium tan head that is retained very well and leaves moderate lacing. Fruits ( cherries and grapes) and caramel over big and spicy hops. Bit of alcohol sweetness, but nothing to complain over. Taste is reasonably balanced, though definitely to the hoppy side. Great malt backbone though, with plenty of complexity. Bit of yeastiness and the sweet caramel from the smell is present, with the hops showing throughout and dominating in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, plenty of body, very warming, and with a decent bite at the end, and drinkability is very good. Nice effort. While it's drinking well now, this seems like it has good potential for aging. Thanks to CBA for the trade.

Mandrake, Mar 15, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber with a one-finger, creamy head. An intensely fruity aroma greeted my nose, like rummy Christmas fruitcake and bready malt.

The bread theme carried over to the taste, with a pleasant raisin bread flavour and only slight alcohol despite the 9.4 per cent ABV (for the 2006 edition). A bit of an alcoholic burn lingered in the aftertaste, but it finished mostly dry. The low carbonation and smooth body made this extremely drinkable, despite the high ABV.

vanrassel, Oct 04, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage. An extra from a trade with Derek. Thanks a ton man! 10% ABV was crossed out with pen and rewritten as 11.3%.

Poured into a snifter. There was no head forming, so I up-ended the bottle in an attempt to get something happening. The head that did result, which only amounted to a thin covering, was most likely the slowest-to-rise I've ever seen. There was no head for literally three or four seconds before it formed, only to fade away mere seconds later, leaving a handful of large bubbles along the edge of the glass. I wasn't expecting much head at 11.3%, but being left with absolutely nothing is a bit extreme. I made sure the glass was impeccably clean, so it wasn't that. Opaque and a dull, woody brown. Can't say I'm too impressed with the appearance.

Lots of caramel, brown sugar, butter, alcohol, light floral hops. It initially smelled of dust, but that seems to have gone away as it sat. Quite sweet smelling, like a dessert.

When I poured this, it was much too cold and came off as cloying. After letting it warm to a suitable temperature, it's merely very sweet. There's a pretty significant bitterness helping to balance things out. Other than that: some caramel malt, cherry liqueur, really nice blend of earthy and floral hops, grain, light minerals. Big alcohol presence, though not unpleasant nor is it unexpected at 11.3%. Dry finish, with a lingering syrupiness.

The feel is good, syrupy medium body with light carbonation.

I was interested in acquiring this one because of its place on the Canadian Top 25. It's definitely an extreme beer amongst what's being brewed in Canada, but I found this to be sweet to a fault. I find it similar to Half Pints barley wine, but think that Burly Wine is a much better beer. I'm finding this to be a little difficult to drink, even as a sipper, due to the sweetness.

eat, Mar 22, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to crack one of the bottles of the 2006 version that I've been holding on to. First time with this vintage.

This beer looks very red, almost a cherry red in the glass. It is dark, not quite opaque, but certainly blocks a good amount of light. Only a faint ring and a couple of small pools of tan head formed.

The smell of this one is fruitier than I remember. I get cherry and melon aromas. There is a dusty smell as well that sits on top of everything else.

Fruity to taste, cherry mostly, but almost a fruit punch impression. A bit of dry spicy flavour hits, then the alcohol takes over. Alcohol finish is much more medicinal than the last time I had one of these. I do like the overall effect.

Thick and syrupy again, but I find the carbonation a little prickly on the lips. Not bad, but a little to sharp for a sipper.

Good, but not yet great. There are more bottles in my cellar, so there is plenty of time to watch this one change.

elricorico, Feb 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 edition, many thanks to Beersignal for giving me a bottle to sample.

A nice caramel brown, with very light greyish head.

Smelled very hoppy, something I'm not used to detecting in barleywines. Usually, the caramel sweetness of the malt and/or the phenolic/alcohol that floods the nose makes the hops too subtle for me to detect, but not this one. Maybe it's a sign that it was a little too young, but I enjoyed it at lot anyways.

The caramelized malt came out really strong the first two-three sips, with a very hoppy finish that mellowed out to that warm alcohol feeling coming down from the bottom of the tongue all the way down the neck. Coats really well and would make a great winter warmer, if I wasn't so impatient. If I ever get another one of these, I'll cellar it a few years, because this one shows great promise.

Goldorak, Sep 06, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thank you to Wordemupg for this 2011 bottle, a long time want.

Appearance. Pours an murky orangey-brown with a very thin off-white head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Big caramel, brown sugar, and raisins, a little sweet grainy malt and a touch of orange rind. Smells awesome.

Taste. Caramel, burnt sugar, and raisins. There's still a little orange rind going on as well (like the smell) ans some herbal hops. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation.

Overall. A really nice BW that I would enjoy every year if it came here. Great stuff.

Rutager, Aug 30, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2005 vintage courtesy of Presario): Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice small dark foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of caramel and figs is clearly evident and it seems this barley wine is more akin to the English style then the US hops heavy style. Taste is very enjoyable with some nice roasted caramel-like malt, sweetness reminiscent of figs and a nice bitter finish. Body is a bit thin for the style but alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff and glad I have some other bottle for aging.

Phyl21ca, Aug 29, 2005
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2.42/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Color of brown sugar in water. Very little head, very beautiful lacing. You can see through it but not easily. Smells like brown sugar in water, man. That and oxidation (i'm sorry, the wet, earthy smell of the hardwood understory after a rainstorm in middle of fall). Which is interesting 'cause it sure doesn't taste like that. Wet and sweet up in front and around the sides and then just a huge smack of oily bitter all down the middle. All you can taste is that bitter. Whoa. The mouth is pretty close to on (I think it needs a little more carbonation) and the drinkability surely follows.

So. Yeah. I guess... This is a tough one. It meets the criteria for a 'merican BW but I don't like it. Yeah, I'd add a little carbonation and head and all, but, whoa, the flavor is so bitter and unpleasantly so (weird citrus, pinesol and something but WAY more bitter than those words alone describe).

charlesw, Dec 28, 2008
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3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mattsander for this bottle.
2011 Vintage. Poured in to snifter.

A - Deep copper colour. Carbonation appears very low as almost no head forms on the pour.

S - Sweet toffee, brown sugar and caramel dominate. Some floral and lighter fruity notes are als present.

T - Dark caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours dominate. Raisin and some stick hop flavours come through - some fruity esters and floral notes.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

WillAndSarah, Apr 14, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition sent to me by someone during a CanBIF, sorry dude, can't remember who and when this one was sent, but thank you for the beer! Cellared for aboot 1.5 years and served at 12 c in a "la fin du monde" belgian style glass.

Pours a solid dark whisky cooper, amasing huge tight head that settles down to a un-even film and laces aggresively to the glass, awesome looker.

Aroma of figs, candi sugar and dried fruits (plub, apricot) a faint aroma of cristalised caramel sugar. Rich a full mouthfeel without being cloying, amasing flavor of barley sugars and a extremely balanced hop bitter bite at the end to bring this beer back down on its feet.

Abso-freaking-lutely delicious, find it drink it! I want more.

bloberglawp, Apr 02, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 bottle sampled in 2004...

A thin but creamy head forms on top of the coppery gold (surprisingly clear) beer.

Intense fruity flavours and nose, with a rich sherry undertone and a strong hoppy finish. Maltiness abounds, and without a cloying sweetness too! Not too much different on the nose. Alcoholic warmth kicks in nicely. It feels very rich and full bodied. It packs a peppery punch, in a good way.

Garin, Oct 30, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a light cough syrup. Not that much head, some lacing. Has a reddish brown color.

Smells of caramel malts, spicy hops, light citrus and brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet caramel malts, faint alcohol and hop bitterness. This is more on the malty side but still has a good hop bite. Thanks to Pintbypint for this one.

irishkyle21, Jun 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a series of Canadian beers I am tasting through the week on vacation. Dated 2005 on the bottle:

A: A hazy, rust-orange colour. A creamy topping of head, rich and a little thick looking.

S: A little musky and/or perfume-like. Some orange(peel?) and slightly floral hoppiness. A notable alcohol presence towards the back, and a little bit of a maltiness peppered by that alcohol presence, which is rather nice.

T: Spicy malts, with a hint of caramel flavour. A note of orange-citrus, and a bit solvent-like.

M + D: Medium-heavy body, as the style will often have. A little bit sticky, but the flavours are not as intense as some I have had, so it doesn't have a very negative effect. A reasonable, 'not-too-hot' barleywine. I can often have a little bit of trouble with these if they are too flavourful and 'potent feeling,' so it's nice in that sense. I look forward to trying another one or two while here.

Proteus93, Jul 01, 2008
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Olde Deuteronomy from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.